Photographer, exhibitions curator, cultural animator, founder of the Farbiarnia Gallery, director of the 1st International Festival of Analog Photography Lovers — VINTAGE PHOTO FESTIVAL. She studied photography at Lodz Film School and Gender Studies and English Philology at Humboldt University in Berlin. A graduate of “Polish and International Art Market” at the Academy of Finance and Business Vistula. She created “FARBIARNIA” http://farbiarnia.org – fine-art photography studio and gallery of fine-art photography in her hometown The City of Bydgoszcz. “Farbiarnia” for Photographers is what literary cafe for writers – a natural creative environment that includes: photographic studio, art gallery, vernissage cafe, workshop space and publishing house. Scholarship-holder of the Mayor of The City of Bydgoszcz and The Marshall of the Kujavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for people involved in artistic creativity and the dissemination of culture.
Founder and editor-in-chief at Slideluck Editorial: a selection of the best photographic works and multimedia presented during Slideluck events worldwide and of guests artists (www.slideluckeditorial.com).
Maria Teresa conceived and curated the project BORN THE SAME: a selection of ten different works exploring sub-cultures and micro-stories working as reminder that we are all born the same, despite cultural, emotional and political conditions. The project was presented at Les Rencontres De La Photographie Arles 2017, during La Nuit de l’Année and it’s now travelling globally.
She co-edited and co-curated HUNGRY STILL: exhibition and publication produced and designed by Slideluck London, FORMAT Festival and QUAD, printed by AKINA Factory. The collective project showcases twenty-four of the best works that have contributed to the English platform, since its inception, with a selection of images combined with personal anecdotes and recipes.
She’s a personal branding consultant. She helps photographers to find their “spot of beauty” and vision, advises them on how to build their identity, and communicate via the most appropriate channels (i.e. social media). Now she teaches in Bari at F.Project School of Photography and Cinematography; in Rome at Officine Fotografiche; and she’s guest lecturer at the London College of Communication (LCC).
Polish critic, art historian and an americanist, editor-in-chef of the “Shum” Magazine. He worked as a curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. He is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, the Academy of Photography in Warsaw, the University of Arts in Poznan and for Museum Curatorial Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Former editor-in-chef of the “Obieg” Magazine. Member of the Association of Art Historians. Along with Lukasz Gorczyca runs polishphotobook.tumblr.com
Wojciech Prażmowski was born in 1949 in Częstochowa, Poland. He began working as a photographer in 1968 and participated in the National Exhibition of Fine Art Photography in Czestochowa. In 1975 he graduated from the Skola Vytvarnej Fotografie in Brno, Czech Republic, and from the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in tsidi, Poland. To date, he has participated in over 300 photographic exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Praimowski has been a member of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers (ZPAF) since 1977. Initially involved in metaphorical photography, with elements of conceptualism, he later produced,photo-ob-jects: His works are held in the collections of the tocii Art Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, The National Museum in Warsaw, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Photographer, director, cinematographer. Member of the Association of Polish Photographers and the Polish Film Academy. Tutor at the Wajda School. Studied photography in the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. Graduate of the Wajda School. In 1990s, photojournalist at Gazeta Wyborcza. He published picture stories in the Pozytyw monthly and the Rzeczpospolita daily. Still photographer at Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz. Author of about 20 individual photographic exhibitions. Director and cameraman for over 20 documentaries, for which he received about 40 film awards, including main awards at film festivals in Mexico, Paris, Chicago, Vilnius, London, Kiev, Belfast, Lisbon, Krakow. „Behind the Fence” was recognised in France as one of the 10 most outstanding short movies of the last decade. In 2006, he received a letter of commendation from the President of the Republic of Poland, for his successes abroad.
The Winner of Vintage Grand Prix 2016 is Izabela Poniatowska and her project “Saints“.
The project is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional collection of images of saints in which they are represented with attributes that allow to recognize them. My “saints” are nameless, their attribution is often located on the border of legibility – this is the way a modern society wants to see the saints, because we live in the world which can not be seen only in white and black terms.
The series (which I intend to continue) consists at the moment 7 work (30×45 cm each), made without using a camera. Photographic paper on which it was placed has been subjected to sunlight (each work was exposed for several days). For work I used flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as transparent paper, on which some elements of the job were painted. Certain batches of photos have been, after the period of exposure, scratched. Original works have not been established, which allowed to owe their color – for this reason, however, I can show on exhibition only the scans of the entire cycle.
The winner of 2nd prize is Marcela Paniak with project “Family stories“.
Photographs from family albums are a testimony to many stories – we watch family photographs and talk to family members to determine our own identity. However, we must always take into consideration the memory factor, which, on one hand, is shaped by photographs and people, and on the other hand, affects the study in many ways. Confronting such an experiment with famous concepts of photography is an interesting experience. Is the reconstruction of our history based on watching family photographs and talking to family members workable at all?
The artworks from the series are made up of the elements such as family photographs and comments coming from various sources. What is more, their use makes us reflect on generally prevalent concepts of photography and also on different than photographic ways of forwarding the history, i.e. writing and telling. It is therefore a reflection on both transience and permanence of what is material and immaterial. In this way, personal photographs and accompanying texts create at the same time a unique and universal message – does photography really perform these functions which we have always thought it does?
The presented practical work “Family stories” combines also with theoretical work „Photography and memory in the study of identity at the example of personal photographs from family albums”. These are two parts of the whole project, which includes such elements as: several months of traveling around Poland, collecting and reproducing family photographs, exploring archives and preparing the family relations scheme, registration and interpretation of told and written family members’ transmissions. All that is just a signal of interest in the topic – this kind of study can last several years or even the whole life.
The winner of 3rd prize is Malwina Adaszek.
This set of photos is my personal journey to childhood times. I wanted to catch the atmosphere of my youngest years of life, when my interests were going around catching a harmony and bound with nature, missing a simple life, life without misery. The polaroid photography (and generally analogue) is a fascinating surprise, I am not able to predict the final effect of shooting. Presented photos are compilation of my sense of esthetic, experience and deep feelings. The lightleaks and imperfection in my opinion emphasize the picture of a fading memories. Polaroids perfectly reflect a nostalghia of the lost days.
Congratulations! Well done to all contestants!
If you want to see whole projects – come to the Vintage Photo Festival 2016!
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